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Cyprus Talks Resume as Anastasiades and Akinci Meet in Nicosia

The leader of the Turkish Cypriots Mustafa Akinci (left) and the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades (right). File photo

Talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus are set to resume from the point where they stopped last year. This according to Vasilis Palmas, Cyprus’ deputy minister to the President, Nicos Anastasiades. The previous round of talks, which were held in the Swiss town of Crans Montana, halted in July 2017.
The leaders of the two communities, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akıncı, held their first meeting today. In a joint statement released by the United Nations in Cyprus after their meeting, the two leaders announced that the Lefka/Aplici and Deryneia crossing points will open on November 12.
Palmas stressed that a solution to the Cyprus problem must be functional in order to be viable.
On Thursday, Palmas received a declaration from unions, political parties and social institutions from the island’s two communities, the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.
The collapse of last years’ UN peace talks fostered mistrust between the two sides, as it had been viewed as one of their last chances to bring a viable solution to the island’s issue. However, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a recent report to the Security Council that a peace deal to reunify Cyprus remains feasible.
With information from C.N.A.

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